It’s rather strange to me that I have been a member of Saint Andrew Catholic Church for 56 years, but only active in my faith for the past 30 years. I was baptized here, attended church on Sunday with my family, and drifted away from the faith like many people do. I didn’t feel a connection during teenage years or young adulthood. Keeping busy working at the family store and involvement in a small community fire department was all I needed. My Catholic upbringing was and still is very foundational, but during that period in my life, it had no meaning. It was hidden from me.
It was only after attending my first Christ Renews His Parish weekend in 1985 that I tapped into something deeper. That experience helped me find something that was planted in me many years ago. I found my faith again. I gained a greater understanding of God in my life. And equally important, I received a new awareness of my faith community. I came to realize that this community, that I now love so dearly, was always here for me; my dear St. Andrew family. Through that Christ Renews experience, I found my family and they have encouraged and nurtured me to grow in my Catholic Faith and Tradition.
God’s mercy has truly been revealed to me. Thanks to my Saint Andrew family!
Look! I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the earth, the blind and the lame in their midst . . . they shall return. Jer. 31:8
Deacon Tim Schutte is a lifelong member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. He attended the Athenaeum of Ohio – St. Mary’s Seminary and was ordained as permanent Deacon in 2005. He is responsible for the RCIA Program, CRHP- Men and many other Adult Faith Development Programs. He and his wife, Marcy are Milford residents.